My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #861: Some New Designs Drawn

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-31-2012 11:31 AM 2698 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a really good day drawing yesterday and was able to stay focused. That may not sound like a big deal, but with the way things have been going lately for me, it was.

I am not one to typically be so easily distracted as I have been, but recently it seems that things have just been happening that have pulled me off of my game.

I find that as humans, it is easy to fall into a ‘habit’. Be it good or bad, we seem to find comfort in the predictability of the patterns we follow as we live our lives. When these patterns are disrupted, we tend to grasp at something, anything regain the continuity and familiarity of our lives, so we can once again fall into a rhythm that is comfortable to us.

What comes to mind is when a stone is cast into a still pool of water. Immediately after it penetrates the surface, the most disruption occurs. Depending on the size of the stone, it can create anything from gentle ripples to large waves. While the ripples may pass somewhat unnoticed, the waves are felt more acutely and take much longer to settle. It is at this time when we find ourselves grasping to regain our serenity and peace that accompanies familiarity.

In an effort to once again achieve this calm, we change our behavior. This is, I believe, when new habits are formed.

While one would think that this would be a constructive change, unfortunately it isn’t always the case. Depending on the situation and circumstances, as well as the duration of the discomfort, the reaction to these types of things can differ greatly.

Some people withdraw, and find comfort in tuning out the world. After all, it may appear easier to control things around us if we minimize our interactions with others.

Others face problems head on, and not only tackle the issues at hand, but take additional measures to overcome things and perhaps prepare for future encounters. I think this is probably the most productive way to deal with things of this nature.

And still others remain in a loop. Not really changing their behavior either by choice or by situation. While they hope for better outcome in the future, it is unfortunately not usually the case. For when the same problems arise in the future, the result is typically unchanged, and the cycle repeats over and over.

What makes it hard is that everything isn’t always as black and white as I presented it here. Usually there is somewhat of a mix in between any of the three scenarios mentioned – or all three of them. That is what complicated things so much it seems and makes things so unclear. But that is part of life.

For myself, after a rock was thrown in my pool not too long ago, it took me stopping and thinking and making the decision to make a choice. I found myself pulling away from things, and curling up in my shell. This was not an obvious thing. In fact, it was quite subtle. But little by little, I was seeing myself withdrawing and disconnecting just a bit, and losing motivation.

But I was not comfortable with that, as it isn’t what I am. While I tried to pull away, I still received messages from caring friends, pictures from customers, and all kinds of positive support from people in all aspects of my life. It felt good, and the positive messages that they sent fed my soul and repaired my faith in people. And it motivated me to move in a good direction again.

I receive many messages from others who say that as I write here every morning, they appreciate my positive attitude and I motivate them. While I knew that it was possible, I never really thought about the impact that could really have on someone – especially through means such as this. But over the past few weeks, I realized the great impact it does have, and I am somewhat in awe of it.

I made a decision the other day to move ahead.

While that statement may seem to state the obvious (after all, what choice do I have?) what it doesn’t indicate is the attitude in which I choose to have and the motivation which will drive me. While that isn’t always apparent from the outside looking in, it is an essential ingredient in being successful and accomplishing.

I am no longer going to dwell on what has happened. What is past, is past. There are many wonderful and positive avenues that I have yet to travel, and I am finding myself more and more excited by the thought of new adventure. I am once again becoming anxious to show my latest creations and share them. And I see things once again feeling ‘normal.’

Yesterday I spent the day drawing. As each design came to life, I felt the familiar feelings of accomplishment return, and it motivated me to continue. It seems like a long time since I drew like this, and by my own standards, it was.

I will give you my typical ‘peek’ at what I am up to:

I hope to finish drawing and begin cutting today. I have about 75% of what I am doing for this project finished, and I am on a pretty good roll.

I don’t mean to get heavy sounding with all these things, but it has affected me a great deal. These past couple of months have been hard on me and I found myself slipping into a pattern that I didn’t enjoy or feel good about. I don’t want that behavior to become a habit. I suppose even pink clouds get dark at times.

It’s all a process, and there is no quick fix for things. Accepting that is an important part of the recovery and moving on. Thank you all for your patience.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 11:52 AM

Sheila uplifting as usual.

Love the pebble in the pond :)

Sometimes if the rock thrown is to big

I grab my board and surf it :) I’m just an old hippy.

Your new design is intriguing, my mind is trying to

fit it into a design. I know I’ll be wrong but it sure

gets the creative juices flowing. I’m back in the shop

making two new Shrines. Stitches come out on Monday

Thank you Sheila.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 11:55 AM

These have been thoughtful days for me Jaime. Re-evaluating a lot. Just thinking.

Thinking is good sometimes. It brings you to calm.

I am happy that your stitches are coming out so soon. I hope you haven’t been hurting too much. Thank goodness you still have all of your fingers.

Take care, and thank you for the nice thoughts. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 12:17 PM

A time where there are lot of option and challenges, that is the same time where our mind becomes very creative.
Lots of ideas are built (realized) when you start considering the option …. prioritize, one by one, garbage in garbage out, or nevermind. As long as you minimized the burden, the due date, and the lapses, I believe it will be over. I am doing fine now with my tab touch screen keyboard. That is a good sign.
Have a fruitful day.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 12:28 PM

THese are great looking designs. Can’t wait to see them. I know my customers will want them as well. Thanks for sharing this little peek.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 03:36 PM

glad to see some new designs coming, each day is a new beginning for each of us, a chance to move on and go forward, have a great day

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 05:16 PM

Good morning Sheila. You are a very wise woman!
My imagination is very active in trying to figure out what your design could be. Looking forward to seeing the full thing.
Have a fun day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 09:39 PM

Looks like wing of butterfly …. just my early morning guess
Have a nice day,

-- Bert

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 10:10 PM

hey don´t let the pink clouds getting dark yet …. I´m still try to hang on
the last one you sendt over when you anounced the big patterns
even though I fight to get into the shop each day the last couple of days down there
has been a little stepdance in a bucket not coming further with the beam
do to realise my pigsticker chisel that wuold have fit wasn´t goood at all
and the other chisel I have need a major overhall with lapping the back and sharpening
witch was impossiple since my sharpening stone is deform more or less
so a hunt for a tiny piece of laminattable I cuold mount some sandpaper of different grits
to trune the stones on ….. the first stone is done
beside two chisel and a planeblade is lapped on the back sofare up to fourhundred grit
tomorow I´ll stepp more on the same place
I gess it will be weekend before I get to make the two square holes I started to
meassure up saturday .. :-)
never thought it cuold take that long to make a sqaure stick with two holes …... LOL
I sure don´t hope the ripples get further out before I am finished with it

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 11:25 AM

I am really pleased that these designs are turning out well. It feels good to be turning out patterns again, and hopefully this will start me on a good roll.

Dennis – have faith. All the seemingly small things are the ones that seem to take the most time. Preparing your tools and reconditioning and sharpening them will pay off greatly in the future. I am happy you are making progress.

Thank you all for your encouraging comments. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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